by Laura Anne Gilman
John came to the crossroads at just shy of noon, where a man dressed all in black stared up at another man hanging from a gallows-tree. No, not hanging; he was being hung, the loop still slack around his neck, his body dangling in mid-air. That, John thought, his pack heavy on his shoulder and his hat pulled low, was not something a wise man would get involved in. And yet, he could not resist asking, “What did he do?”
The man in black turned around and glared at John. “He asked too many impertinent questions.”
The man with the rope around his neck laughed at that, a rueful, amused sound, and John decided he liked the dead man.
“You might want to move on,” the man in black continued in a voice that wasn’t a suggestion. “This is a bad place to be for a lone traveler.”
About the Author
Laura Anne Gilman started her career in publishing as an editorial assistant in New York City. After publishing several short stories (her first professional fiction sale was 1994 to Amazing Stories), some media tie-ins, and a job as an executive editor she published her first original novel Staying Dead, a “Cosa Nostradamus”-universe “Retrievers” book. The first book of a second series in this universe named “Paranormal Scene Investigations”, Hard Magic, was published in Spring 2010, and a second should follow in Spring 2011. Flesh and Fire, the first novel in the “Vineart War” series, was released in 2009. The “Vineart War” series deviates from the urban fantasy setting of the Cosa Nostradamus books, having more of a traditional fantasy feel. Flesh and Fire was nominated for the 2009 Nebula Award for Best Novel.
She currently lives in New York City, where she also runs d.y.m.k. Productions.
About the Narrator
Malcolm Charles has been known to exist.